Two more exciting big animal items

From 538 Significant Digits:

More than 100 years ago

For the first time in more than a century, a photograph has been taken of a wild African black leopard, this one by a camera trap in Kenya. Black leopards are very rare and their “sooty” coats are the result of melanism, the opposite of albinism. A conservationist with the San Diego Zoo wrote that the only existing photographic documentation of the animal had been from 1909 in Ethiopia. As an added bonus, the new photos are fantastic and terrifying. [The Guardian]

$50,000 golf simulator

President Trump, reportedly at his own expense, has installed a $50,000 room-sized golf simulator in his private residence in the White House, replacing an “older, less sophisticated” simulator installed by President Barack Obama. Such a system allows a player to simulate a round by swinging a golf club in front of a large video screen. [The Washington Post]

Another presidential duty to fill his “executive time” calendar.

P.S. I’d rather encounter the black leopard in the wilderness than the Orange Thing in the White House.


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